really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,250 miles

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problem #8

Mar 012007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Venture. The brake light worked intermittently. The bulb was changed, but the failure continued. The passenger and driver side plastic input for the bulb melted. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 79,000.

- Blacklick , OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 012006


  • 1,000 miles
The driver's side brake light on my 2002 Chevy Venture is always out. The bulb has been replaced numerous times, to no avail. Technicians at oil change businesses have told me that this is common problem with Chevy Venture. I have seen other Chevy Venture on the road with the same light out. I had my Venture at the car dealer for a recall service on the door handles and asked them to also fix the brake light problem. They finished my sentence for me when I was describing the problem--they already knew that Venture have this problem. However, they did not fix it. I also believe that Chevy trucks and SUVS have been recalled for this very problem. I believe the Venture should be recalled too.

- Musnter, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 292006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The driver's side brake light burns out constantly on my 2002 Chevrolet Venture van. It seems the housing gets too hot and melts the bulb at the point of contact. My mechanic has replaced the bulb and attempted to fix it numerous times as have I. my mechanic says he has seen this before on this model van and it's always the driver side. I'm afraid I will be rear-ended with this light being out most of the time. Chevrolet has failed to admit there is an issue.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 292006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2002 Chevy Venture brake lights. Mostly, the rear right brake light does not function properly. Occasionally, the left rear brake light may not function either. Sometimes, both will not work correctly. The vast majority of the time, the right rear brake does not work or "blows" prematurely. Have replaced four bulbs on the right side alone, of which two didn't appear to be blown. Have seen and talked to other Venture owners who have same problem. This is a road hazard as you never know if and how many of your brake lights are operational.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #4

Dec 072005


  • miles
The left rear (driver's side) brake light (upper most bulb/3057) keeps burning out. This has occurred three times in the last three years. Upon inspection of the bulb, there is physical damage (melting) on the male bulb connection.

- Platte City, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 162002

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Crancking extensvly, brakes front and rear, uneven wear and tear, hydroplaning noise, vibrations, steering and unalignments problems, emmision repaired and treated, as the created sulphur odors, and stalling. Uneven driving, ABS light coming on at speed exceeding 60 mph.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 202004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tail lamp bulb base and/or sockets on General Motors minivans heating up and melting causing a disconnection of the circuit and loss of stop and turn signals. Same condition as with the SUV's in recall # 04V527000. Replacing bulbs are only a temporary fix.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012003


  • miles
The rear brake lights/upper tail lights (not the high 3rd brake light) keep burning out. The service manual references a fuse but upon visual inspection of the fuse box, the box was never wired to hold fuses for the rear tail lamps in the places as indicated. Once the rear tailight/brake lights (3057) are removed there is usually physical damage (melting) on the bulb connection and within the female end of the plug. The problem was corrected by the dealer the first time but has happend several more times. Simply changing the bulb no longer works for the left side tail lamp.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA